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It is a blessing to those who live today that over the years men and women have written poetry In some poetry have been words reminding those who read it of the wonderful world in which they breathe and the necessity to live life One of the writers of such poetry was Robert Herrick Herrick used a lyrical style unappreciated in his day to write poetry that captured the very essence of carpe diem-to seize the day Many of his poems were published in a volume entitled Hesperides The most famous of those poems is To the Virgins to make much of Time By examining the work of Herrick-To the Virgins in particular his life and the times he lived in its possible to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of what he was writing about Specifically the purpose is to examine how Herricks use of imagery with his words contributes to the lyricism of the poems Gather ye rosebuds while ye may Old time is still a-flying And this same flower that smiles today Tomorrow will be dying The glorious lamp of heaven the sun The higher hes a-getting The sooner will his race be run And nearer hes to setting That age is best which is the first When youth and blood are warmer But being spent the worse and worst Times still succeed the former Then be not coy but use your time And while ye may go marry For having lost but once your prime You may forever tarry To the Virgins to make much of Time is a poem decidedly representative of the poetry of Herrick In particular notice the use of nouns heavy on imagery Such as rosebud a-flying lamp of heaven and setting sun Each of these words and phrases bring to mind specific images This poem was one of the 1130 in the collection that
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